How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we need to point out the total absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...